The Henry King Stanford Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities was established by an anonymous donor in 1980 to serve as a permanent memorial to President Henry King Stanford, who retired in 1981 following 19 years of distinguished service. Through this endowed program, students and faculty at the University of Miami have had the opportunity to interact with many great humanities scholars.
The first holder of the professorship was Nobel Prize-winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer. In 2006 the parameters of the Stanford Professorships were expanded to include both long-term and shorter-term appointments. In addition to meeting students in the classroom, the Stanford Professors share their work by delivering a public lecture to students, faculty, and the broader South Florida community.
The 2012-2013 Stanford Distinguished Professors are (in order of appearance) Mark Juergensmeyer, Temple Grandin, Mary Garrard, Amitov Ghosh, and Anthony Grafton.
Their public lectures are as follows.
"Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State, from Christian Militias to al Quaida"
September 20, 2012, 7 p.m.
Newman Alumni Center
Juergensmeyer, director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, professor of sociology, and affiliate professor of religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has written prolifically on religious violence, conflict resolution, and South Asian religion and politics.
"Different Kinds of Minds"
January 31, 2013, 7 p.m.
Grandin is an American doctor of animal science and professor at Colorado State University, a bestselling author, and a consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior. As a person with high-functioning autism, she is also noted for her work in autism advocacy. In 2010 she was listed in Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
"Art vs. Nature"
February 21, 2013, 7 p.m.
Lowe Art Museum
Garrard is professor of art history emerita at American University. Best known for her groundbreaking feminist scholarship, she has drawn on feminist theory and activism to illuminate and reinterpret art of the Italian Renaissance-Baroque period.
Garrard will also be the keynote speaker at the Medieval Renaissance, Baroque Symposium February 21-24, 2013.
"China and the Making of Modern India"
March 19, 2013, 4:30 p.m.
"Speaking of Babel: The Risks and Rewards of Writing about Polyglot Worlds"
March 21, 2013, 7 p.m.
Acclaimed for fiction, travel writing, and journalism, Indian-born author Amitav Ghosh is best known for his works in English. His books include The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In An Antique Land, Dancing in Cambodia, The Calcutta Chromosome, The Glass Palace, andThe Hungry Tide. Ghosh will also be keynoting the Law and Democracy Symposium March 21 and 22, 2013.
"How Jesus Celebrated Passover: The Renaissance Discovery of the Jewish Origins of Christianity"
April 9, 2013, 4:30 p.m.
"Apocalypse in the Stacks: The Transformation of Books, Libraries, and Reading"
April 11, 2013, 7 p.m.
The Henry Putnam University Professor of History at Princeton University, Grafton specializes in the history of history: how historians and scholars from past eras viewed previous events. A corresponding fellow of the British Academy and a recipient of the Balzan Prize, Grafton also recently served as president of the American Historical Association.